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Michele Pesula Kuegler is the founder of PeKu Publications and chief foodie at Think Tasty. She runs this one-woman show focusing on creating new recipes to delight her family, friends, and herself.

A Shift in Gears

by Michele Pesula Kuegler on August 26th, 2019

Isn’t it funny how life can make you contradict yourself at the snap of your fingers? Not even a month ago, I wrote about my role as the Program Director at Wasabi Ventures Academy and that it plays a smaller role in my current work schedule. That still is an accurate statement, but it does need tweaking.

Shortly after I wrote and published that blog post, I received an email offering me a role as a judge at the Startup Showcase for IgniteU’s summer program. (You can check out this summer’s companies here.) Having worked with the people who run the program for a few years, I was glad to judge, especially as I’d be nearby in Saratoga that week.

Since I would be in Troy for the event, I decided to make a day of it, scheduling meetings with other collaborators and startup founders. All of these meetings sparked some interest and the potential for future conversations. Net-net, I’ll be in the capital region and upstate New York the first week of September for more meetings.

Of course, as these things go, initial conversations can be months ahead of any actual work or contracts, but there’s the possibility of new opportunities for me. As I contemplated this, I reread the WV Academy blog post. I closed it by stating that I’d be focusing on what’s next for me rather than startups. However, what’s next for me just may involve startups or the startup community. The day I spent in meetings and the evening I spent at the startup event were engaging and interesting. The day reminded me that I enjoy this line of work, and if it can fit in my schedule, along with Think Tasty, WV Stables, and my wine studies, why not wear that hat a bit more often?

I look forward to seeing what the coming weeks and months hold in regards to my academy work. When there’s something new and newsworthy, I’ll be sure to share it.


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